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Theme songs/lyrics/intros of
UK TV programmes 1955–1990


Educating Archie (1958–1959: ITV)

Ladies and gentlemen, we present Educating Archie with Peter Brough and Archie Andrews!

Music Oh we’ll be educating Archie — what a job for anyone!
He’s no good at spelling, he hasn’t a clue!
He thinks that three sevens make twenty-two!Music


Fabian of the Yard (1954: BBC)

This is Fabian of Scotland Yard!

(Musical interlude)

In the nation’s war on crime, Scotland Yard is the brain of Great Britain’s man-hunting machine.
Routine, detailed science and tenacity; these are the weapons used by squads of highly trained men.
Men like former Superintendent Robert Fabian, hailed by the press as “one of England’s greatest detectives“!

In the nation’s war on crime, Scotland Yard is the brain of Great Britain’s man-hunting machine.

(Followed by ringing of a police car bell and a screech of tyres)


Fame

MusicFame!
I’m gonna live forever,
I’m gonna learn how to fly
High!
I feel it coming together,
People will see me and cry
Fame!
I’m going to make it to heaven,
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame!
I’m gonna live forever,
Baby remember my name,
Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember!Music


Felix the cat

MusicHe’s amazing, he’s remarkable.
He is fearless, unbelievable.
He is superdooper and extraordinary.
He’s the kind of guy that keeps you feeling merry
Who?

Felix the cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
Whenever he gets in a fix
He reaches into his bag of tricks.

Felix the cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
You’ll laugh so much your sides will ache
Your heart will go pit-a-pat
Watching Felix the wonderful cat.Music


Fingermouse (1970s: BBC)

MusicFingermouse, Fingermouse,
I am a sort of wondermouse
A hit, a miss, a blundermouse
Fingermouse, that’s me,
I am a mouse called Fingermouse,
A mouse with guts and nerve
I get past cats so easily
Wwith my famous body swerve.Music


Fireball XL5 (1962)

MusicI wish I was a spaceman, the fastest guy alive,
I’d fly you round the universe in Fireball XL5,
Way out in space together, conquerors of the skies,
My heart would be a Fireball, a Fireball,
Every time I’d gaze into your starry eyes.

We’d take a trip to Jupiter, and maybe, very soon,
We’d cruise along the Milky Way and land upon the Moon,
To a wonderland of stardust, we'll zoom our way to Mars
My heart would be a Fireball, a Fireball,
If you would be my Venus of the stars!Music


Fireman Sam (1985)

(Ri-i-i-ing)

MusicWhen he hears the fire-bell chime
Fireman Sam is there on time,
Putting on his coat and hat
In less than seven seconds flat….

He’s always on the scene,
Fireman Sam!
And his engine’s bright and clean,
Fireman Sam!
You can not ignore
Sam is the hero next door!

Driving down the busy streets
Greeting people that he meets,
Someone could be in a jam,
So, hurry hurry Fireman Sam!

He’s always on the scene,
Fireman Sam!
And his engine’s bright and clean,
Fireman Sam!
You cannot ignore,
Sam is the hero next door!Music


The Flintstones

MusicFlintstones — meet the Flintstones,
They’re the modern stone-age family
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.
Let’s ride — with the family down the street
Through the — courtesy of Fred’s two feet.
When you’re with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time,
A dabba doo time,
You’ll have a gay old time.

One day, maybe Fred will win the fight
And that cat will stay out for the night….Music


Flipper

MusicEveryone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear,
And how they laugh when he’s near!

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!

Everyone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear
And how they laugh when he’s near!

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No one you see is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there under, under the sea!Music


For Love or Money (1950s)

This had as its theme song “Ordinary people, like you and me” sung by George Formby


The Four Just Men (1959–1960)

Throughout time there have been men to whom justice has been more important than life itself. From these ranks come four men prepared to fight valiantly on the side of justice, wherever the need may be.
Joined together in this cause they are — THE FOUR JUST MEN.


The Generation Game (1972)

MusicLife is the name of the game,
And I wanna play the game with you,
Life can be terribly tame,
If you don’t play the game with two,
And I wanna play the game with you!Music

Good evening ladies, gentleman and children!
Welcome to the Generation Game!

[With Bruce Forsyth — who also sang the theme tune]

In 1975 the theme tune was unchanged, but Bruce had begun using the catchphrase: “It’s nice to see you … to see you NICE!” to start the show and the catchphrase: “Didn’t they do well?!” to end the show.


Generation Game, Larry Grayson’s: (1978–1982)

MusicShut that door — and enjoy The Generation Game.
What’s in store? The best of relations here are made,
Larry Grayson is here to play — so-o-o….Music

Larry: Shut that door!


Gilligan’s Island

MusicJust sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure,
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three-hour tour, a three-hour tour.

The weather started getting rough
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan,
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star,
The professor and Mary Ann
Here on Gilligan’s Isle.

So this is the tale of the castaways,
They’re here for a long, long time,
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too
Will do their very best
To make the others comfortable
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe
As primitive as can be.

So join us here each week my friends,
you’re sure to get a smile
From seven stranded castaways
Here on Gilligan’s Isle.Music


Going Straight (1978) BBC

MusicAll my life I’ve been …
Bent as a corkscrew, bent as an ’air pin
Bent as a figure eight,
Bent as a wish bone, bent as a bed spring,
Now I’m bent on Going Straight.

I’m goin’ straight, I am,
Straight as an arra’,
I’ve paid the price and done me time.
I’m goin’ straight, I am,
Along the straight and narra’,
And I don’t mean straight back to crime.

I’m going straight, I am,
Straight up, I swear it,
Though I hate to disappoint the boys in blue.
I’m goin’ straight I am,
They’ll have to grin and bear it
And find something worth while to do.

The day I was born on a winter’s morn
I was cuddled and kissed
But in that moment of bliss,
The midwife looked at me fist
“It’s clenched so tight,” she said,
“For such a tiny thing.”
She didn’t realise
I’d nicked her wedding ring!

All my life I’ve been …
Footloose and feckless,
Rowdy and reckless,
Blaming it all on fate.
Never relenting,
Now I’m repenting
Just before it gets too late.

I’m goin’ straight, I am,
Straight as an arra’
Bein’ bent’s a habit I’m about to kick.
I’m going straight I am, along the straight and narra’,
’Cos I ain’t going back to no nick!

(whistling)

Now I must admit
When I think of it
That it won’t be a game.
It was always the same,
You give a dog a bad name.
Some geezer robbed a pet shop, just last week,
I was pulled in on suspicion, what a flamin’ cheek!
(spoken) Anyone wanna buy a cockatoo?

All my life I’ve been …
Bent as a corkscrew, bent as an ’air pin
Bent as a figure eight
Bent as a wish bone, bent as a bed spring
Now I’m bent on Going Straight.

I’m goin’ straight, I am,
Straight as an arra’
I’ve paid the price and done me time.
I’m goin’ straight, I am,
Along the straight and narra’
And I don’t mean straight back … and I don’t mean straight to crime.Music


The Golden Shot (1967–1975)

(Originally hosted by Jackie Rae — and transmitted on Saturday evenings. Famous for its catchphrase “Bernie: The bolt! “)

With Bob Monkhouse in 1970 (when it was moved to Sunday afternoons):

Live from Birmingham — it’s the Golden Shot!
And here’s the man who keeps it bang on target —
He-e-e-e-re’s Bobby!

A typical closing:

Bob: Well, Jim will be back with us next week —
we hope that you will too!
We have some surprise celebrities,
lots and lots of stars for you to meet.
and lots and lots of laughs.
We come to you live every week at 4.44 —
that doesn’t rhyme! Never mind.
See you then — next Sunday —
Till then, bye, bye!

With Norman Vaughan — when he took over as host in 1972:

Oh! what’s going on? — er, something went wrong there —
very unusual for this show!
Anyway, we’ve got a marvellous bill today folks!
Welcome to sunny Birmingham!
We have for you; Buddy Greco, Max Collier and the Rhythm Aces —
a great bill. It will all … (the set moves away on its runners)
er, I think they left the brake off there….
Tell you what — let’s have a new set!
Boys! get a new set!
Give me thirty seconds for a new set …….

(theme music plays — new set appears)

Up a bit
Left a bit
Down a bit
Fire!
Thank you very much, thank you!
Ladies and gentlemen — welcome to the new Golden Shot.
Do you like it?

Audience: Yes!!

Norman: Lovely …

With Charlie Williams in 1975:

Theme music then:

Up a bit
Left a bit
Down a bit
Fire!

Charlie: Hello my flowers — nice to see ya!


The Goodies (1970)

MusicGoodies! Goody-goody yum-yum

G — You need a helping hand
O — You know we’ll understand
O — We’ll be there right to the end
 Everyone needs a friend
 A goody, goody, goody
D — You should definitely
Y — You should enquire and see.

We can take any old line,
Anything, any time,
Hey hey hey.

Goodies, goody-goody yum-yum,
Goodies, we’re coming for you,
Goodies, goody-goody yum-yum,
Here we come, into town,
Getting up and falling down….Music


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